The Saxons and the Princely Table in the 16th Century Cover Image

A szászok és a fejedelmi tábla a 16. században
The Saxons and the Princely Table in the 16th Century

Author(s): Zsolt Bogdándi
Subject(s): History of Law, Political history, 16th Century
Published by: Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület
Keywords: Transylvania; Age of Principality; court of law; Princely Table; Saxons; legal procedures;

Summary/Abstract: This study analyzes the relationship between the Transylvanian central court of law, the so-called Royal/Voivodal/ Princely Table (Tabula) and the privileged Saxon community of Transylvania in light of the archival sources. The Princely Table adjudicated the cases appealed from the Universitas Saxonum, which resided in Szeben (Sibiu, Hermannstadt). The Saxons did not have their own court session, their cases were determined by the Table during the congregations of the Transylvanian estates, held on different locations. From the Princely Table their actions could be transmitted to the court of personal presence (personalis presentia). Cases between Saxons were appealed rarely to the Table, in most of the cases one of the litigants came from the nobility of the neighbouring counties or from the Székely community.

  • Issue Year: LXXXI/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 21-33
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Hungarian